Apple CEO Tim Cook calls for well-crafted privacy regulations

BEIJING: Amid the ongoing controversy surrounding an alleged Facebook data breach, Apple CEO Tim Cook called for well-crafted privacy regulations to be established.

As per a report that appeared in The Verge, the Apple Chief, who had attended the China Development Forum here opined that technology companies should create and follow guidelines which specify how they can use customer data.

Furthermore, Cook had reportedly stated that the ability of anyone to know what a user has been browsing about for years, their contacts and other personal data should not exist in the first place.

For the unversed, Cambridge Analytica, the political data firm with ties to United States President Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign, is under fire for allegedly gaining access to private information of more than 50 million Facebook users, and influencing elections by using this stolen data.

Earlier this week, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg admitted to making mistakes over the Cambridge Analytica scandal, and said the social media giant needed to ‘step up’.

“We have a responsibility to protect your data, and if we can’t then we don’t deserve to serve you. I’ve been working to understand exactly what happened and how to make sure this doesn’t happen again. The good news is that the most important actions to prevent this from happening again today we have already taken years ago. But we also made mistakes, there’s more to do, and we need to step up and do it,” Zuckerberg posted on Facebook.

Zuckerberg also took responsibility over the breach and assured that he would ensure that the platform is secure.